Synopsis from Kids Can Press:
In the latest addition to the popular Head to Tail series, author Stacey Roderick focuses on bugs — a kid favorite! — and challenges readers to guess which bug each of eight different body parts belongs to. A full spread asks a question about a body part. What bug has eyes like this?? with an illustrated close-up of that part. The following spread provides the answer to the question, A grasshopper!? along with a full illustration of the creature in its habitat and a paragraph of text about the highlighted body part, in this case the grasshopper’s eyes. Children learn about the bugs’ habitats, diets, behaviors and standout skills. There’s even a trick question: What bug has a tail like this?? The answer is ?None.? Bugs don’t have tails!
The interactive guessing-game of the text — with just the right amount of repetition — makes this an ideal choice for reading aloud. The bright, eye-catching cut-paper collage illustrations by Kwanchai Moriya have a playful charm and invite young children to study the details up close. Besides the eight featured bugs, there is an additional spread that includes seven other bugs and their unusual body parts, as well as text that explores which animals are categorized as bugs, or arthropods.? This nonfiction book has direct applications to the life science curriculum in the early grades, which covers the physical characteristics and habitats of living things.
About: Bugs from Head to Tail is a non-fiction picture book written by Stacey Roderick and illustrated by Kwanchai Moriya. It will be published on 10/3/17 by Kids Can Press, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, hardcover, 36 pages. The genres are children’s picture books, non-fiction, and insects. This book is intended for readers ages 3 to 7, grades preschool to 2. According to Kids Can Press’ website, it is “the largest Canadian-owned children’s publisher in the world – recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2013.” The Toronto-based publisher has variety of books for all readers, from picture books to non-fiction, graphic novels, young adult, and more. Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Bugs from Head to Tail on 7/13/17 as a bedtime story for my 5 year-old son and we finished it that same night. This book is super duper awesome! I love the ability to participate during the read. My son was excited and his attention was all into this book. We had a blast guessing what the bug will be and I must admit that there were many I could not guess. The illustration is amazing! I love the facts about each bug and many facts truly surprised me!
This book is obviously about bugs! One page will have a close up picture of the head or body or tail of a bug and the reader is to guess what bug it is. The next page will reveal the answer and fun facts about the bug. The illustration of each bug is located at its habitat. Children will get a glimpse of what each bug eats, where it sleeps, and what differentiate them from other bugs. There are 8 different bugs to play the guessing game with in this book. At the end of the book, there will be 7 additional name of bugs and quick facts about each of them for readers to know.
This book is fantastic for kids! It is very well written, illustrated, and organized. I love the writing because it’s presented with the true scientific vocabularies so that kids can learn the educated terms. I love that there are definitions to these scientific terms as we read, such as predators where an animal eats another animal for food and exoskeleton where the animals’ skeleton is outside its body. Given these scientific terms, the reading is still interesting because the facts will make you want to read it a second time. I love the dragonfly shocker! my son was definitely amazed by that unexpected fact! This book is definitely a great learning tool for kids and I highly recommend everyone to read it.
Pro: Book Cover, Illustrations, Insects/Bugs, Non-Fiction, facts about bugs, interactive – kids participation, definitions
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Stacey Roderick is a children’s book editor and the author of Dinosaurs from Head to Tail, Ocean Animals from Head to Tail, Centsibility: The Planet Girl Guide to Money. She lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. (Info obtained from the book and book photo obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Kids Can Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.